Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia’s pork sellers suffer as African swine fever fears linger

Cambodia’s pork sellers suffer as African swine fever fears linger

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia’s pork industry has yet to show signs of recovery since it was hit by African swine fever, pork sellers in Phnom Penh said. Heng Chivoan

Cambodia’s pork sellers suffer as African swine fever fears linger

Cambodia's pork industry has yet to show signs of recovery since it was hit by African swine fever, pork sellers in Phnom Penh said.

Taing Mengkea, an Orussey market-based pig business owner who purchases pigs from Mong Reththy Group Co Ltd and distributes them to many of the capital’s markets, said he previously sold 60 pigs per day before the outbreak, but now sells only 30.

Both Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have called for people to eat pork as normal, saying the disease does not spread to humans.

However, Mengkea said consumers were still afraid.

“Even though my pigs are taken from [Mong Reththy Group] and given a proper inspection, some buyers are still reluctant to buy them,” he said.

Another pork seller near Sovanna Shopping Center said sales have seen a sharp decline.

“Sales are down dramatically now, some days I just cannot sell the pork to my customers. In the end, I have to sell it in the afternoon at a discount,” she said.

She said she was previously able to sell between 130 and 140kg of pork per day but now cannot sell even 30kg.

“Even though I can present a proper certificate that I obtained from a veterinarian, which states that the pork is safe, some buyers still refuse to buy it,” she said.

Chenda, another pork seller at the Kab Ko market, said her sales did not drop much as her buyers consist mainly of noodle and rice porridge sellers who continue to make purchases as usual.

She said her regulars continued to have faith in her product. “I only get good-quality meat, and I have a good reputation as a seller here, that’s all,” she said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday called on people to eat pork as usual.

“I appeal to our people to eat pork. Don’t worry, I also eat pork every day, [the disease] does not spread from animals to humans,” he said.

The ministry’s General Directorate of Animal Health and Production recently said more than 3,000 pigs were killed or culled in Cambodia due to an outbreak of African swine fever in five provinces, including Ratanakkiri, Tbong Khmum, Svay Rieng, Takeo and Kandal provinces.

The Cambodian Pig Raisers Association previously estimated that the disease has caused more than $600,000 in losses to family-owned businesses.

MOST VIEWED

  • Investors’ $14.4M projects approved

    New investments from local and foreign sources continue to pour into Cambodia despite the Covid-19 pandemic remaining a lingering threat to regional and global economies. This comes as the Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract between one and 2.9 per cent this

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry

  • Rubber exports stretch 17%

    Cambodia exported 97,175 tonnes of natural rubber in the first five months of this year, surging 17 per cent compared to the same period last year as the Covid-19 pandemic stretches on, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official Khuong Phalla told The Post on Thursday. Phalla,

  • ASEM supports Kingdom’s proposal to postpone meeting amid Covid

    The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in November has been postponed until mid-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press statement released on Saturday said. The decision was made during a two-day meeting

  • Coffee maker roasted for producing fake product

    The Ministry of Interior’s Counter Counterfeit Committee will send a suspect to court on Monday after she allegedly roasted coffee mixed with soybeans and other ingredients, creating a product which could pose a high risk to consumers’ health. On the afternoon of July 2, the

  • Cash handout programme 80% complete

    Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Vong Soth confirmed on Thursday that the implementation of the Cash Transfer Programme For Poor and Vulnerable Households During Covid-19 had been implemented for more than 80% of the over 560,000 families. The programme was introduced one week ago.

  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Where is Cambodia’s exit strategy that can save the economy?

    With the prospect of being slammed by a double whammy, the government is working on an economic recovery plan to deliver it from Covid-19 and the EU’s partial withdrawal of the Everything But Arms scheme in the next two to three years Cambodia is

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.